View Poll Results: Who's the best example of WEHT Junior Ladies World Champion?

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  • Kristina Oblasova

    6 5.36%
  • Daria Timoshenko

    13 11.61%
  • Sydne Vogel

    25 22.32%
  • Elena Ivanova

    4 3.57%
  • Kumiko Koiwai

    5 4.46%
  • Jessica Mills

    3 2.68%
  • Cindy Bortz

    10 8.93%
  • Jennifer Kirk

    5 4.46%
  • Yukina Ota

    15 13.39%
  • Natalia Gorbenko

    5 4.46%
  • Ann Patrice McDonough

    20 17.86%
  • Other (please specify)

    1 0.89%
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    Best example: "Whatever Happened to?" Junior Ladies World Champion

    What would be the best example of a "whatever happened to....?" former Junior World Ladies Champion?

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    "Best example" = case of most unfulfilled potential? If that's the case, I vote for Yukina because she one of the most talented skaters to ever come out of Japan but her career was sadly cut short by injuries.

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    I recognize most of the names on this list, but not Koiwai and Gorbenko.

    Ota and Kirk are both are 4CC champions, at least, if that counts for much.

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    Definitely Yukina.

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    Cindy Bortz

    She was a Frank Carroll skater, but she skated just like Tara Lipinski


    ETA: . . . Well actually, there are a lot more similarities to Lipinski than just the skating.

    Cindy Bortz (USA) - 1987 World Junior Figure Skating Championships
    Last edited by bardtoob; 01-06-2011 at 05:52 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bardtoob View Post
    Cindy Bortz

    She was a Frank Carroll skater, but she skated just like Tara Lipinski


    ETA: . . . Well actually, there are a lot more similarities to Lipinski that just the skating.

    Cindy Bortz (USA) - 1987 World Junior Figure Skating Championships
    Cindy coaches at my rink. I've never seen this vid, thanks!

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    It's gotta be Ann-Patrice McDonough for me...a lot of talent, a lot of crazy mama drama.

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    I voted for Anne Patrice. She was so talented.

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    Foxy lady Kristina Oblasova. Huge talent, sexy, and partying diva. Would have been fun to have her around past 2000.

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    Ann Patrice and Yukina for me. Sadly, Caroline Zhang is heading on this path.

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    Seriously though, what DID happen to Timoshenko? And Irina Nikolaeva? And Tatiana Basova?

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    Timoshenko skated for Azerbaijan until 2005.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bardtoob View Post
    Cindy Bortz

    She was a Frank Carroll skater, but she skated just like Tara Lipinski


    ETA: . . . Well actually, there are a lot more similarities to Lipinski than just the skating.

    Cindy Bortz (USA) - 1987 World Junior Figure Skating Championships
    Interesting to hear Toller Cranston's commentary on junior skaters in general...I'm relieved he cut them some slack on presentation (kind of).

    From a purely technical perspective - the difficulty of Cindy's program actually stacks up very well with the ladies at senior Worlds (in 1987)

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    Ota and AP for me too. Yukina was one of the best to come out of Japan, even with the shaky jumps. AP's skating was achingly beautiful at times, with good flow, jumps and spins. Such a cruel sport. So many bite the dust with puberty or injuries.
    Last edited by lowtherlore; 01-06-2011 at 01:39 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patinage View Post
    I recognize most of the names on this list, but not Koiwai and Gorbenko.
    Koiwai competed at 1995 senior Worlds. In the FS, she misjudged the take-off of a double axel quite horribly, fell badly against the boards and her left skate cut her right leg. After a short while, she picked herself up, carried on and finished the programme with blood streaming from the wound, and the audience cheering everything she did. She was then taken to hospital and her leg stitched up. I never saw her again.

    As for Gorbenko, I'm pretty sure I remember her competing in Europeans for Russia back in 1993 (may have the date wrong). And greatly to my surprise, when I went to British nationals the next year, there she was competing for Great Britain. She had married a British guy and was entitled to skate for GBR, though she didn't win the championships, being beaten by Charlene Von Sayer. As with Koiwai, I never saw her again.
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    Kumiko Koiwai
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icDxkaDQ34k

    She was coached by Machiko Yamada. I remember people were calling her the next Midori Ito.. I believe she was practicing 3 axel and landing them in practice.
    Surprisingly, this girl had good basic skating skills and jumping techniques. Most of Yamada's students have odd techniques and lacking in good skating skills.

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    AP McDonough was really talented. I miss her skating, especially her spins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patinage View Post
    I recognize most of the names on this list, but not Koiwai and Gorbenko.

    Ota and Kirk are both are 4CC champions, at least, if that counts for much.
    I remember Koiwai for her appearance at 1995 worlds. She had a horrific waxel in the..Short? Smacked into the boards and took an age to get back up. Was kind of rocking in the LP. IIRC she retired the following year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ks777 View Post
    She did a Triple Toe Walley. On the second to the last jump, she is clearly on the inside edge when she picks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomad View Post
    Timoshenko skated for Azerbaijan until 2005.
    and the most horrific jumps on the planet. After she grew, her tiny jumps were constantly under rotated. I was always lead to believe that was married to liukinin in the early stages of her career.

    Mind you, I also heard that Ovsianikov and Sokolova were married in 1998, which can't have been....

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